Monday, December 19, 2011

FO: Requisite Ballband -- 2011

I am almost finished my holiday crafting (just a couple more legs and ears to knit!).

Wait, what? It's only December 19th?

I actually had a decent list of things I wanted to get done and I started 'in advance' working toward those goals.


See, I decided to approach things differently this year. Sometimes (often) I have a list a mile long and get so stressed...which in turn makes something that is supposed to be fun (crafting and knitting) into something that isn't. When I'm in that place, I tend to not craft or knit at all in January and February...taking a break from it if you will.

This year though...there were some things switch
ed around last minute, some things dropped, some things added. But I came at it with a different attitude which has made a world of difference. I'm not stressed, I'm enjoying the moments spent with needles or cutting tool etc in hand and I don't think I'll need that break after the holiday season. Anyway...I'm almost done all I'm going to do but like so many of you, can only share one more small thing until after the holidays when all gifts have been received.

Every year I knit some ballbands for family members. In particular my brother and his partner since they now flat refuse to use any other cloth besides the knitted cotton ones. I've stuck with ballbands every year despite wanting to experiment with other designs. I think this is because it is 'tried and true' and because I've made so many, when time is down to the wire, I can pop one out without hardly any thought or effort (don't tell anyone but this one was knit during a caribou conference call...I paid attention to the call, I swear!). This year, I went with a slightly different look...a few rows of neutral color with the rest a solid color. I like the simplicity and will probably make more like this in the future.

This will likely be my last post until after Xmas when I'll be able to share the rest of the gifts I've been working on. I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season celebrating with loved ones and reflecting on the past year.

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Now playing: Library Card by Judith Edelman



Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I've never seen a ballband cloth. Love it!

kate said...

I love that I have a friend who goes on caribou conference calls.... :)

Great colours on the ballband!

Carie said...

Merry Christmas! I'm looking forward to seeing the holiday knitting after the big day!

Phoe said...

Happy holidays. Enjoy your break.

kristieinbc said...

The ball band colours are terrific! Have a very Merry Christmas, and I look forward to reading your blog again in the New Year!

Jacey said...

Funnily enough, I've never knit a washcloth. I know most knitters cut their teeth on them, and I love the look, but I never did. Next year, I'd like to make some. I love the neutrality of this one; it's very soothing.

I hope you have a splendid end of 2011 and a very merry Christmas, Rachel!

kathy said...

for some reason this cloth always looks hard to me. Double bump (premiered by Melissa of the sandwich) is my mindless cloth now. I'm gifting 2 of those for christmas. I can't wait to see what you've been working on, including (from your previous post) you shadow paperwork (because I can't remember the name.

Love to you and yours for the holidays! (we're in Portland now)

Ann said...

Lovely ballband & I like the colors. Wash cloths are a great gift & it's always on my X'mas list too. Happy Holidays.

melissa said...

love the ballband - this one reminds me of the winter landscape, in say western nebraska...

i have to echo kate and say that i too love that i have a friend who makes caribou conference calls!